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Bikers trash WWI park poppy tribute

One of the vandal hit mounds at Kepple Lane Park, Garstang, sown with poppy seeds to commemorate the fallen of the First World War

One of the vandal hit mounds at Kepple Lane Park, Garstang, sown with poppy seeds to commemorate the fallen of the First World War

Heartless BMX bikers have been blasted for vandalising a Garstang park’s new poppy memorial to First World War heroes – despite being told of its importance.

Local resident and Kepple Lane park trustee Joe Gilmour was shocked by the behaviour of youths who ignored his plea to them to stop destroying newly planted poppy beds.

He made three journeys to Kepple Lane park at the weekend to fix the barriers around a newly created path and mounds which had been planted with poppy seeds.

Mr Gilmour said: “A group of youths were using one of the mounds as a BMX ramp. I approached them and explained that the mounds had been sown with poppy seeds to commemorate World War One. Iasked them not to destroy it.”

But having spent 20 minutes fixing the barriers and tape he was dismayed to discover his plea had been ignored. He said: “I got as far as the car park when one of them went through the tapes and over the mound again. Not what I expected of Garstang.”

Town councillor Gordon Harter, chairman of the park trustees, said: “We are disappointed at what has happened. However, we understand that the majority of people appreciate what the Trust and 
trustees have been doing with the park development for Garstang for the past four years.”

Signs have now been erected, asking people to keep off the mounds and allow the Flanders poppy seeds to continue to germinate.

The path and mounds form part of the preliminary work for a new trim trail and toddler play area at the park.

 

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